Data Engineer (Contractor) | GiveDirectly | $100k – $100k | Remote (Africa)

Data Engineer (Contractor) | GiveDirectly | $100k – $100k | Remote (Africa)

100,000 - 100,000 / year
Application ends: October 9, 2024
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Job Description

Location: This role is fully remote but must overlap with an East Africa timezone by at least 4 hours. We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of employment Visas in the U.S. or U.K. at this time.

About this role

The mission of the Central Data team is to empower GiveDirectly with a rigorous, data-driven culture to maximize our efficiency, effectiveness, and scale of delivering dollars to recipients. Building datasets that help us fully understand our donors, improve fundraising interventions, and ultimately raise more money is key to this mission. However, we currently lack many necessary datasets because we do not have pipelines to extract data from key fundraising platforms or combine data across platforms. 

We have been awarded a $100,000 grant to fund a contractor role that will work full-time (40 hours / week) within Central Data for around one year to address these needs. You will work closely with the Senior Data Architect who oversees our infrastructure (AWS, Databricks, Tableau) and data pipeline development; the Fundraising Data Manager who will turn these datasets into dashboards and insights; and fundraising stakeholders who will use these insights to raise more money for recipients. 

Reports to: Graham Tyler (Director of Data)

Level: Manager

Travel Requirement: There are no travel requirements for this role.

What you’ll do:

Success in this role is determined by meeting these key objectives: 

  • [20%] Ingest all relevant data sources into our data lakehouse (AWS, Databricks). 
    • We have existing pipelines, metrics, and dashboards leveraging data from our donor CRM and email provider. You will build new pipelines and jobs to ingest data from our website analytics platform and donor ticketing system.
  • [40%] Build unified datasets to fully understand donors and fundraising interventions. 
    • Once all data sources are in Databricks, you will work with stakeholders to define metrics, facts, and dimensions necessary for new dashboards, analysis, ML models, and experimentation that will drive fundraising strategy. Then you will build pipelines to clean, transform, and combine data from all platforms into these actionable datasets.  
  • [30%] Reduce data quality incidents with automated data quality tests and monitoring. 
    • Implement data quality tests and alerting for key donation, donor, and donor engagement variables.
    • Monitor job and pipeline performance. 
    • Proactively identify and implement improvements to our existing pipelines. 
  • [10%] Make it easy to maintain your pipelines and tools. 
    • Create comprehensive, easy to understand documentation to ensure effective knowledge transfer of your work. 
    • Build within our existing configurable pipeline framework and identify ways to improve this process. 
    • Leave our systems and processes better than you found them.

What you’ll bring:

  • Exceptional alignment with GiveDirectly Values and active demonstration of our core competencies: emotional intelligence, problem solving, project management, follow-through, and fostering inclusivity. We welcome and strongly encourage applications from candidates who have personal or professional experience in the low-income and/or historically marginalized communities that we serve.
  • Language Requirement: English
  • Language Preferences: No additional language preferences
  • Critical thinking and analytical approach necessary to develop technical solutions that scale and are resilient to changes over time
  • Entrepreneurial mindset and stakeholder management skills required to identify, design, and execute technical solutions that solve important, ambiguous organizational problems
  • Python, SQL, and spark expertise, along with core competencies required to ship high quality data pipelines and data tools fast
  • Extensive experience with Databricks preferred; experience with Tableau is a plus
  • Intellectual humility, curiosity, and a commitment to being part of an exceptional team


At GiveDirectly, we strive to pay our employees generously and equitably. We use an accredited third party salary aggregator to ensure that staff’s total compensation package (base compensation + bonus)  falls within the 75th percentile of similar roles, at similar organizations. We also have a no negotiation policy to ensure we are paying staff equitably across roles. 

  • This role will be compensated at a rate equivalent to $130,000 per year base salary in the United States.
  • This role will be compensated at a rate equivalent to $74,000 per year base salary in Kenya.

This role is fully remote, so if you are not based in the US or Kenya, we will share an estimated pay rate for the country you are based in during the hiring process. P.S. We have been awarded a $100,000 grant to fund this role, which will be paid at a rate equivalent to your location until the entire grant has been used. So, regardless of location, this role will earn a total of $100,000 over the course of your time working with us. The duration of the role will depend on your location and associated pay rate. 

Why work at GiveDirectly?

At GiveDirectly, we work to ensure that you have everything you need to excel in your role and on your team, including:

  • A positive and supportive team
  • A demonstrated commitment to helping all staff develop and grow
  • Flexible work location